So ... To put things shortly I've been trying to change my lifestyle a bit so I can live in a calmer way ; not to say I am going full-on minimalistic because I don't think I am cut out for this but for the sake of my health - mental and otherwise - I've been trying to let go of old bad habits such as my Internet addiction and just trying to replace it for less frenzied hobbies and customs. So this page is essentially ... for me (and my mindfulness ??)! It's a summary of lifeinspo I try to follow, as well as stuff I do offline - including charity, no-waste measures and just chores so as to not bother whoever lives with me (inside or in this world !!) all that much I guess. :)
Waste reduction and ecological responsibility
Waste is one of those things that are... pretty much unavoidable. Though "no waste" has interested me for a while now it's really not something I manage to put into practice as it often involves doing very specific purchases (which my local market doesn't allow me to do often), plus "natural" products are often more expensive and I don't live alone so it's been difficult. However, my interest made me try and take up (again) on cooking and DIYing objects out of recyclable materials as well as packing a travel bag full of reusable utensils. :) These are some objects I currently must purchase and/or own:
- Bamboo toothbrush and cutlery - I have yet to find these in a store. But do want to try. (I keep my chopsticks tho!)
- Wooden comb - These are the best as I have frizzy hair! My last one broke so I gotta get another. (cosmetics store)
- Water bottle - I think it's more useful than a cup so I always try carrying one around.
- Reusable bag - This is a handy item that I should carry around often. I always carry plastic bags but they get ruined easily.
- Metal straw - SHITS EXPENSIVE !!! TT_TT I wanted to buy a cute one but it's kinda expensive. One Day Tho
- Cloth towel - one I have to work on as I ♥ napkin/tissues. But idk where to buy biodegradable wipes so gotta replace that.
- Loofah/plant sponge - I used these a lot and gotta buy more now!!
- Metal razor - Expensive, never seen it in a store but it's one thing I intend to try (ultimate goal would be permashaving but ;)
- Menstrual cups - This one I don't think I am gonna be able to use soon sadly. So I want to find good alternatives.
- Reusable takeout container - My prized possession is the red one I carry around! Very practical and handy utensil ♥
- Coconut oil - They say it's good for mosturizing and makeup removing, as well as shaving so ... gotta give it a try !!!
- PVC-free plastic goods - Most of my recently-bought containers are PVC-free but I intend to be more conscious about this ♥
- Paper matches - We've been cooking a lot and I gotta get more ; ; ;
- Electrodomestics - there's many things I need to buy for home and I want to consider how ecologically responsible they are!
- Cast iron pans - Though we just purchased a regular pan set I want to get a cast iron pan :) Durable utensils are worth it!
- ✔ Exchanging goods (ie. books, manga, albums, magazines) for digital ones - This is one thing I'm trying to do lately ;
- ✔ Recycling paper into papier mache - Normally instead of throwing any papers I get on the streets on the bin, I will instead put them in my bag and once there is enough paper, I will make papier mache out of them which is great for my cosplays but also for making wig holders and other sorts of utensils.
- ✔ Reusing sewing utensils and holiday paper (plus ribbons, fabric...) etc. - I was raised by a mom who was a bit of a hoarder like me and saved every button that fell off and every holiday paper and ribbon for reusing so that's a good habit I picked up early on! :) Moreover she always reused clothing as cleaning cloth and stuff like that, so I am grateful for these habits!
- ✔ Cruelty-free and e makeup and cosmetics - As I have mentioned here I am trying to switch to cruelty-free makeup! Of course it's hard to be sure of which brands are in fact cruelty-free as many are cheap and claim to be cruelty-free but there isn't enough of a local vigilancing culture yet so I often rely on blogger arivegan for tips on locally available cruelty-free makeup.
- ✔ Thrifting objects esp. durable clothes - As I have mentioned here much of my wardrobe is comprised of secondhand clothes. I figured they're often more durable (as people often donate expensive brands that I wouldn't really be able to afford otherwise!) and resist the heat / termite / mold and humidity in my house plus look great, so buying from "classier" secondhand shops is something I wanna go back to doing soon. I started browsing them bc they were near to my workplace and I cosplay, but eventually I realized they were better than fast fashion stores where I used to buy my clothes in every sense pretty much :) Also many "less durable" clothes I own are made of recycled polyester which is pretty much one of the few affordable actually ecofriendly fabrics I know so yeah. Another thing I must do is donate and try and keep to a minimum - maybe follow Kondo tips for reducing your clothes? Speaking of which buying used clothes and modding for cosplay seems to be a better alternative than making from scratch!
- ✔ Buying locally produced goods from local artisans - One thing I enjoy doing a lot (or enjoyed doing before COVID-19 and gotta go back to doing it online smh ; ) was visiting local artisans fairs! Some people produce really interesting stuff with reusable/recycled materials that vast outperform (and often look better than!) industrial solutions. Much of what I currently own was purchased from such fairs and I totally recommend it too.
- Reducing water usage - Of course I try to reduce water usage when taking bathes or washing dishes or teeth but I'm not used to saving up water from clothes washing and I don't know yet how to do it properly, so it's a project!
- Donate leftovers - I feel like much of the waste I produce at home is because of things that I don't have much use for (anymore) and they end up rotting or getting past the expiration date etc. Stuff like paint and all that ... I intend to donate them more frequently ; it's not uncommon of me to donate clothes but for other things I guess I just forget I could donate them. So yeah, notes.
- Disposing of trash - I will admit I still didn't make a habit of disposing batteries (I just let them rotting in a corner and that's often ... not the best strategy orz) and I don't yet separate recyclable trash or do compost heap so I want to get better at this
These are some things I intend to taking up on doing ... more regularly than "just whenever the bin is full" lol ; ; ;
- 1x/week - Clean the fridge
- 1x/week - Laundry and change bedclothes too
- 1x/week - Bake some sweets
- 2x/week - Take out trash
- 3x/week - Clean the cups
- 3x/week - Mop the floor
- 3x/week - Get toilet paper
- Bimonthly - Remove dust
- Bimonthly - Clean cleaning clothes and dishclothes
- Organize my bedroom - ASAP ! ! ! Donate clothes and all that ; ; ; also WIGS ! ! !
Do It Yourself
Soo one of my favorite ways to actually reuse recyclable materials and also have quite a bit of fun and making my house prettier is... DIY activities! In fact I was unemployed for a long time so I had to start making my own stuff, as well as I wanted to cosplay and didn't have money for it so in the end unemployment served me some teachings in how to make basic stuff myself. So here is a list of things I wanna do as soon as it is possible, and... In the link below you can see some other DIY and sewing ideas I saved ~
Ideas to-do ASAP
Cooking and eating
So cooking is ... one thing I've tried to do for long enough but guess I am just not very talented lol ; ; ; baking a cake or making a pie or anything like that is fine but actual food that you eat in order to keep nourished ?! Yeah man can't make rice. sighs
Anyway, so lately I've been trying to learn some cooking basics and I also want to try to lose weight and eat more healthily by having one vegetarian day and one fasting day every week. Wish me luck ?!?
Also I am a big fan of japanese foods so I want to make a point of doing the Seafood Watch thing though I haven't been eating it lately.
Last but not least I've been considering cultivating plants as some can help combatting indoors pollution (big one for me and my rhinitis!), while others are pollinator-friendly and yet others make for cheap, ready-made food even. It's something I still have to study a lot, but I'm excited for it as there is a lot of free space in my garden!
In the link below you can see some recipes I saved ( in brazilian portuguese ) ♥